The other day I was in my local cigar shop browsing the humidor trying to figure out what to pick up so I would have something to review. My humidor was lacking new sticks that needed to be smoked so I had to pick something up. I came across the Rocky Patel Decade Limitada and the decision was made.
This Limited Edition cigar seemed to sneak under the radar as I had no clue it was out there. The Decade Limitada is basically a cross breed of the Rocky Patel Winter Blend 2009 (Pennylvania Maduro Wrapper) and the Decade. This particularly had me intrigued since I am a fan of the Pennsylvania Maduro wrapper.
Cigar: Rocky Patel Decade Limitada
Size: 5.5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Maduro
Appearance and Construction: This dark looking maduro has you asking the question is it dyed or not. My fingers told me yes it was. Does this change the cigar, I do not think so but it makes me wonder why Rocky appears to do this to his smokes. The wrapper of the cigar has a few imperfections on the cigars I had, including a hole or a tear. There was also minimal veins present and the cigar had a decent weight to it. The cap was well done but once it was removed some stems were visible on both ends of the smoker.
Flavor & Notes : The foot of the cigar offered some slight spice and a dark chocolate to the nose and the pre-light draw had some raisins joined by a subtle cocoa. These combination had me excited to smoke the cigar. The 1st third of the cigar had some dark chocolate notes with a coffee bade the was creamy. There was some subtle notes of wood in the background and a slight sweetness that was trying to emerge. The 2nd third of the cigar that sweetness emerged into a nice defined caramel which was along side the coffee notes as some earth appeared in the background. The final third the coffee remained dominant but the finish was a tad bit leathery.
Smoking Characteristics: A flawless slow burning cigar that had a tight medium colored ash that held on very well. I lost the ash just as I entered each third which for me is a pretty long time as I tend to talk with my hands. The draw was slightly loose and the cigar produced a nice amount of smoke.
Conclusion: When I first started smoking the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 was a regular staple of mine, but over the years I have drifted away from the brand. The 2009 Winter Blend brought me back for a while but I drifted away from the brand when the other seasonal smokes did nothing for me. This might just be enough to bring me back.